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The Story behind the Salomon 1080 Ski

A look at how the Salomon 1080 ski started, the people behind it and really, the start of the twin tip revolution.  See.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4A3FfgCRkU

5 Places You Didn’t Know You Could Ski

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Interesting report courtesy of  unofficialnetworks.com 1. Uganda, Africa   (Mountains of the Moon) Spanning the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just above the Equator in central Africa, are the Rwenzori Mountains. These glaciated African peaks have been widely known by their nickname, the Mountains of the Moon, since before the birth of Christ.  Included in the mountain range is Mount Margherita, Africa’s third highest peak at  5,109m. Living at the base of the Ugandan mountains is an abundance of wildlife making Uganda the only ski destination in the world where you have a chance of seeing leopards, chimpanzees, elephants and the endangered mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park. The Mountains of the Moon are melting. According to the conservation group WWF 50 percent of the glaciers have melted by over the past 50 years. 1952 (left) and 2008 (right) 2. Puncak Jaya, Indonesia Pun

Action from Freeskier's 2012 Ski Test

From March 5 - March 9, a huge group of professional testers skied literally hundreds of skis in every condition imaginable, from iced-over groomers to fresh powder. The results from this test will appear in the 2013 Freeskier Buyer's Guide, the biggest product guide in the business.   Click to see the Ski Test Subscribe to the print magazine: freeskier.com/subscribe Get Freeskier on your iPhone/iPad: itunes.apple.com/app/freeskier-mag/id499829265?mt=8 Song: Luckyiam - For You (ft. Aceyalone & Slug)

Compression Clothes: Hoax or Handy?

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Jumping on the trend bandwagon is iffy for some retailers, but with a trend like compression clothing, the payoff could be worth the potential risk. “I think the growth of the market clearly dictates there’s a demand for it,” says Barry Levinson, co-founder of Ski Racing Development , a race-oriented shop in Colorado. “It’s been accepted at the top, and now it’s spreading out to the rest of the market.” That top he’s referring to is the professional athlete community-including the U.S. Ski Team. Troy Flanagan, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association ’s high performance director, says about 75 percent of the ski and snowboard team athletes use compression clothing. (photo courtesy Salomon) And, as a result of the USSA’s not-yet-announced partnership with compression clothing company 2XU, every athlete will soon have a handful of compression options. But does it work? READ MORE

From Morzine To Peru...

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FROM SNOW TO RAINFOREST PROTECTION... Every season we donate a percentage of all our online bookings to CoolEarth. Added to this are contributions from our suppliers, distributers and other friends in the ski industry, and thus we've manged to secure and protect another 45 acres of Ashaninka Rainforst in Peru from deforestation. In total we are now protecting 77 acres of pristine rainforest, which keeps 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide where it belongs and protects 3500 mature trees, 14,500 saplings, 6 endangered species of animal, 322 types of plant and over 11,000 species of insect and worm. Amazing! We're absolutely thrilled, so a massive, massive thanks to everyone involved and thank you if you booked online with us. Willie@Doorstepskis For more details on the great work CoolEarth are involved with see http://www.coolearth.org/

New for Summer 2012

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Our resorts are renowned for being at the forefront of innovation and as such are consistently developing to maintain their reputation. Here’s what’s Yodel mag in Morzine discovered is new this summer…. Fabien Barel Mountain Bike Courses Fabien Barel, the French downhilling legend announced his retirement from racing in August last year and has jumped wholeheartedly into his role as an ambassador for Les Gets village. Fabien has organised a series of mountain courses this summer that are available to everyone. The courses are 3 days long and focus on downhill and endurance, there will be a maximum of 24 people in each group so you can really benefit from specific tuition. Fabien Barel Coaching Track  Another addition Barel has made to the village of Les Gets in his role as ambassador is a new coaching track. The track includes a succession of modules built along a mountain bike route. It is specially developed for riders to focus on a particular area of their

Mountain Movie Success

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The total proceeds of the St Jean D'Aulps film night have been released in its best year ever. The film night, which was held in St Jean D'Aulps gym at the beginning of April this year encourages people to make mini movies to be judged in the competition. All proceeds from the night are then given to charity. This year the night raised a whopping €4725 for charity. In the previous four years, the maximum amount raised in an evening was €1500 making this year a stand out success. The evening relies on the generosity and film making skills of so many people to raise money for some brilliant charities; The Lavender Trust , Angel Ride  and Secours de Montagne . Click here to read more about the amazing story behind this special evening.